History B.A., Gymnasium and Gesamtschule Teacher


Key Info

Basic Information

Bachelor of Arts
School Type:
Gymnasium and Gesamtschule
Start of Studies:
Winter Semester
Standard Period of Studies:
6 semesters
ECTS Credits:
180Mehr Informationen

What does that mean?

ECTS are credit points that measure the workload of one's studies. A Bachelor in Teacher Training encompasses 180 ECTS, which are distributed over both subjects, pedagogical studies, and the Bachelor thesis.


Admission Requirements

  • Abitur or equivalent HZB Mehr Informationen

    What does that mean?

    General higher education entrance qualification (Abitur), subject specific university entrance qualification, or an equally recognized university entrance qualification (HZB)

  • Proficiency in German --- Mehr Informationen ---

    What does that mean?

    You must provide documentation of your language skills for the language of instruction at the time of enrollment. The exam regulations stipulate the relevant requirements.

Admission to First Semester

NC for WS 2023

Admission to Higher Semesters

NC for the 2nd Core Semester
from Core Semester 3

Enrollment Requirements

  • SelfAssessment --- Mehr Informationen ---


    RWTH Aachen self assessments are online advising processes for deciding what to study. Participation in one (rarely two) of these self assessments is mandatory. You can find which self assessment you need to take for this subject in the course of study description under "Prerequisites". You will need to show proof of participation in a subject specific self assessment in order to enroll (not to apply). You can print out the participation certificate yourself.

Language Requirements

  • See Course of Study Description

Dates and Deadlines


The purpose of history is the reconstruction and interpretation of the human past. Using current questions, historians grapple with written and nonwritten evidence from antiquity to the Modern Age.

Accordingly, history studies should facilitate students the ability to interpret sources relevant to a topic by evaluating research literature and to compellingly depict historic facts either through text or orally.

The Bachelor course of study in history differs from history in schools through its academic method of approach. It prepares students for Master studies in teacher training. Students will be taught basic knowledge that they will need for their future career. These studies also lay the foundation for academic employment in the history field and other career fields, in which the skilled acquired in history studies are required.


Degree Content

The Bachelor teacher training course of study in history is broken down into three basic modules, Ancient History, Middle Ages, and Modern Age, during the first through third semesters. By teaching technical work methods and methods of approach, the foundation is formed for the two concentration modules that cover the fourth to sixth semesters. The pedagogy modules falls within the fifth and sixth semesters, and places a focus on facilitating school teaching processes.

You can find more details on the degree content on the Institute of History website.

Study Abroad

The Faculty has several international partner universities with which it has well-established links, such as collaborations in teaching and research as well as exchange programs such as ERASMUS+. An overview of all RWTH Aachen exchange programs can be found at: Overview of Exchange Options. Information on the feasibility of stays abroad provides the Departmental Advisors.


Combination Possibilities

Two of the following instructional subjects are combined in studies for teachers at Gymnasien and Gesamtschulen: biology, chemistry, German, English, history, computer science, Catholic religious education, math, physics, technology education. Every subject can be equally combined with another. However, computer science and technology education cannot be combined with each other. Course of Study Model Lehramt at Gymnasien and Gesamtschulen (de)


Decision Aids

Should I become a teacher? Do I want to work as a teacher? If you are asking yourself these questions, there are a few services to help you get to know yourself:

RWTH Aachen Self Assessment
All About Teacher Training
Career Counseling for Teachers
Fit für den Lehrerberuf



Personal Prerequisites

Important prerequisits for studying history are curiosity, tenacity, joy on detective work, and interest in historical relationships. One must have fun reading a lot and writing.

Enrollment Prerequisite

The RWTH Aachen "Lehramt" Self Assessment is an enrollment prerequisite for this course of study. You will need to submit your participation certificate when you enroll, but not in order to apply.

Language Requirements

In order to participate in the main seminar during the fourth semester, students must submit proof of Latin skills. This is possible through either a Latinum or an exam at RWTH Aachen (Level II). Students who begin Master's studies must submit proof of Latin skills at a level of the small Latinum (Level III). Students can acquire Latin skills while completing their studies.


Career Prospects

You can find information from the NRW Ministry of Schools about the career prospects for various fields of teaching through 2039/40 in the brochure Prognoses on the Job Market for Teachers in North Rhine-Westphalia (de).


Master's Degree Prospects

After successfully completing the Bachelor degree, you can continue with the Master of Education (4 semesters). With this degree, you can start your teaching practice (This phase used to be called "Refendariat" instead of "Vorbereitungsdienst".)

Since your Bachelor degree opens up various futher education possibilities, you can - depending on your subject combination - persue other Master's programs. The respective exam board will decide whether or not you are qualified for a Master's that is not in the field of education.


Examination Regulations

Exam regulations regulate academic goals and prerequisites, the course of study layout, and exam procedures. The appendix to the regulations contains the description of the modules, from which the course of study is composed.

General Regulations: Comprehensive Exam Regulations of RWTH Aachen Bachelor Teaching Training for Gymnasien, Gesamtschulen, and Berufskollegs

Special Regulations: Subject Specific Exam Regulations (de) (The current version applies to all first year students.)



Studies in History are offered by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.